Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages

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Primary Stages launches its 2007-2008 season of new works by American playwrights with the New York premiere of the new play Opus by Michael Hollinger (An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf, Red Herring) with direction by Terrence J. Nolen (Arden Theatre Company co-founder and producing artistic director).  The production, which began previews on July 24th, opened Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues).   It will run through September 1st.

The five-member cast features David Beach (Mamma Mia!, Urinetown, Moon Over Buffalo), Mahira Kakkar (Ms. Witherspoon, The Three Sisters), Michael Laurence (Talk Radio, Levittown), Doug Rees (A Marriage Minuet at Westport Country Playhouse, Opus world premiere) and Richard Topol (Awake and Sing!, Julius Caesar, The School for Scandal).  

Opus is "a new play about a world-renowned string quartet that is struggling to prepare for their highest-profile performance, when the violinist, and founder of the quartet, mysteriously disappears.  When a young woman is hired as the replacement, her musical gifts inspire the musicians, and they decide on short notice to abandon their friendly Pachelbel Canon program and to replace it with Beethoven's difficult Opus 131.  The rehearsal room becomes a pressure cooker as passions rise, personalities clash, and the musicians are forced to tackle the ephemeral nature of their life's work.  Opus garnered two 2006 Barrymore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Direction of a Play when it received its world premiere at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia," state press materials.

For tickets and further information about Primary Stages, please visit the website at www.primarystages.com, or call (212) 840-9705.

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Richard Topol and Mahira Kakkar

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Richard Topol, Mahira Kakkar, and Michael Hollinger

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Douglas Rees, Richard Topol, Mahira Kakkar, and Michael Hollinger

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
David Beach, Dougas Rees, Mahira Kakkar, Richard Topol and Michael Hollinger

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Terrence J. Nolen, David Beach, Michael Laurence, Michael Hollinger, Douglas Rees, Mahira Kakkar, and Richard Topol

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
David Beach, Michael Laurence, Mahira Kakkar, Douglas Rees and Richard Topol

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Michael Hollinger and Terrence J. Nolen

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Andrew Leynse, Lee Blessing, Brooke Berman, Michael Hollinger, A.R. Gurney, and Casey Childs

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Terrence J. Nolen and Elysabeth Kleinhans

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Mahira Kakkar and Terrence J. Nolen

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Richard Topol and Maria Mileaf

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Michael Laurence and Sherri Berman

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Jamie DeRoy, Sharon Carr and Steven Ernst

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Michael Laurence, Jamie DeRoy and David Beach

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Primary Stages Staff Members David Goldsmith, Aubry Nivens, Reuben Saunders, and Steven Box

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Alan Marks, Barbara Marks and Mahira Kakkar

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Andrew Leynse, Robin Rednor, Elliot Fox, and Sue Breger

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Willa Kim

Photo Coverage: 'Opus' Opens at Primary Stages
Maria Mileaf and Neil Patel

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